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by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 760

Re: Alan Watts

The problem for me with Watts' alcoholism is that it undercut the root meaning of the principles he wrote about. I recall a line from the Monica Furlong bio, towards the end, when he was asked why he was drinking vodka every day, and he replied something like 'so that I don't feel so terribly alone'...
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 'Life-bearing Orbs'
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: 'Life-bearing Orbs'

Thanks Jake - actually I have that translation. I must admit, I have been a bit daunted by the depth of it, but now you've pointed that out, I will take another look.
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 760

Re: Alan Watts

Incidentally, it might be noted that the reason for the resurgence of interest in current culture, is mainly due to the work of his son, Mark Watts, who has worked tirelessly to preserve and publicize his father's works, and also one of the animators behind South Park, who made a whole bunch of Yout...
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 760

Re: Alan Watts

My illusions about Alan Watts were shattered by two things. First, when I was a cab driver, decades ago, I picked up a really cool-looking American dude to take to the airport, and I had the impression he might be interested in Watts, whose book The Book: on the Taboo against Knowing who you Are, ha...
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: 'Life-bearing Orbs'
Replies: 6
Views: 232

'Life-bearing Orbs'

I've read about Mahayana cosmology that says there are countless 'life-bearing orbs' - i.e. other planets - scattered throughout the Universe. Part of this mythology (if that's what it is!) is that the Buddha/s appear on other worlds. I even recall reading about a scripture where the Buddha 'recalls...
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25284

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

but there is absolutely no use a bunch of internet amateurs trying to forecast statistics. It just adds to the fear, uncertainty and doubt, and risks creating more misinformation. Yes, it's a pandemic, and a very serious situation, but I don't see how this kind of prapanca helps.
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25284

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

I think extrapolating, with a calculator, what 'possible death rates' might be on the basis of primitive calculations is entirely unwarranted and possibly even amount to dangerous misinformation. I would encourage the moderators to watch this thread closely.
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25284

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Infection rates in Wuhan, in particular, and China, generally, seem to have peaked and are declining: In China, where the epidemic began, the daily case numbers continue to drop. On Wednesday, just 24 new infections were reported, 10 of which involve people who had traveled abroad, suggesting a lowe...
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 619
Views: 25284

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Here in Australia at time of writing there's....let's see....still in the low hundreds, but three weeks ago it was one or two. The Australian government has just announced an AU$17.6 billion economic package to offset the economic impact of the epidemic, which is expected to be severe. The nearest d...
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My own hypocrisy, projections, expectations, and the fault in it all
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: My own hypocrisy, projections, expectations, and the fault in it all

I've been attending a pureland service these last 9 months or so. Their perspective is that a lot of one's own efforts (self-effort) are doomed to fail. That jibes with me, because I know that I am not a disciplined sadhaka, but an urban middle-class homeowner/family guy with all the attendant samsk...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 24
Views: 2287

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

You just gave me a nice research project! One that I might be interested in, so keep us posted. By the way, you might be interested in a not-very-well-known book called The Shape of Ancient Thought, by Thomas McEvilly. He was an art historian; this book was published around 2006 or so, the culminat...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 24
Views: 2287

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

I became aware of the power of the idea of Platonic mathematics through a kind of accidental epiphany many, many years ago. I was like this: every object in the material domain (in Buddhist terminology 'all compound things') is composed of parts and has a beginning and an end in time. But numbers do...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Commentaries on Candrakirti's Madhyamakavatara
Replies: 11
Views: 1576

Re: Commentaries on Candrakirti's Madhyamakavatara

Check out http://www.ibastudiesonline.com/Home/Co ... 6ae70ec031

Lecture series on the topic by Khenpo Ngawang Jorden who is the Head of Studies.
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abhidharma
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: Abhidharma

No, As I understand it, Abhidharma still forms part of the curriculum of scholastic Buddhist studies. It’s not as if it rejected by Mādhyamika, but that any tendency towards ‘reifying dharmas’, or according them ultimate truth, is criticised on the basis that ‘dharmas are lacking in own-being’. But ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Essence of Buddhism by Jo Durden Smith
Replies: 2
Views: 868

Re: The Essence of Buddhism by Jo Durden Smith

never heard of the man until reading about him although have now found an obituary . I haven't encountered that book, either, but as he was a filmmaker and journalist, then it's not unlikely that he could write intelligently on the subject. Nothing in the brief material I have read about him indicat...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 44
Views: 3272

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

think about the demographic that was attracted to Buddhism in the latter part of the 20th c. They were often educated Westerners seeking to fill a gap that had been left by the abandonment of their traditional faith. Plus the sense that Buddhism was philosophical, a kind of 'DIY' approach to enlight...
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 2735

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

:good:
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where is ‘Mind’?
Replies: 210
Views: 8274

Re: Where is ‘Mind’?

No problems at all, I was the one digressing. It's not really related to the thread topic, just something that occasionally bothers me about threads here.
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where is ‘Mind’?
Replies: 210
Views: 8274

Re: Where is ‘Mind’?

that's not the point I'm making. It's more the apparent denigration of 'the arhat'. Maybe I'm reading it wrong, I will be happy to be corrected.
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Where is ‘Mind’?
Replies: 210
Views: 8274

Re: Where is ‘Mind’?

I stand corrected.

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